Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, has broken her silence to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child.
The wife of the president suddenly stopped making comments on national issues, and has not been seen on public occasions for some time.
WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that there is widespread rumour about President Buhari’s upcoming wedding to Sadia Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, even as Presidency refuses to debunk or confirm the widespread report.
However, in a tweet to commemorate the Girl Child Day on Friday, the first lady said parents need to protect their children from all forms of violence and abuse.
The theme of the year’s celebration is ‘Girl Force: Unscripted and Unstoppable’.
The first lady expressed appreciation on the progress made on the advocacy by women groups on the need to protect their folk against any form of gender-based violence.
“Today, I join millions of girls around the world to celebrate this year’s international day of the girl-child, the theme for this year’s celebration is ‘GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable,” she tweeted.
“I am happy to note the progress that has been made in the area of activism by girls to protect their gender.
“I want to state that more needs to be done especially to address gender-based violence which seems to be more pronounced recently and all hands must be on deck to achieve this.”
The International Day of the Girl Child was declared by the United Nations and was celebrated for the first time on October 11, 2012.
The celebration supports more opportunities for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide owing to their gender.
It also seeks to equip girls with the power, knowledge and space to continue to voice their passions and concerns.